Northern Illinois University is a premier research-centered public university focused on student career success. NIU is nationally ranked for quality and value and offers abundant academic opportunities and a rich campus life.
NIU is located in DeKalb, IL, which is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Chicago. With a population of 44,000, DeKalb is a thriving community that has both urban and rural influences. Its location to the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs offers unique opportunities for culture, entertainment and employment.